Acting Principal’s Message | Mr Damien Fall

Dear Members of the Terrace Family,

I trust the return to school last week was smooth for everyone. On Sunday, I was fortunate to attend the Norman Clarke concert, in which almost 300 of our musicians from all year levels performed to an excellent standard. It was a privilege to see such a range of skills and abilities on show – I am impressed by how much our Year 5 students have learned in only one semester and astounded by the talent and ability of so many of our older students. Our Music staff should feel proud, and I would like to pass on the sincere thanks of the Terrace Family for the professionalism they bring to our Music program. For those who do not know him, Norman Clarke is a generous benefactor who has provided musical instruments to the College, ensuring all Years 5 and 6 students have access to an instrument. He has also added some more unusual instruments to a number of our Senior ensembles. Norman was in attendance and loved what he saw. Our heartfelt thanks to Norman for his generosity to the young men of Terrace. Following an excellent Friday of Chess and a brave and game display of Basketball and Rugby on Saturday, it was a full weekend of activities.

Families will be aware of the property acquired by the College at 184 St Paul’s Terrace and our plans to build a new and innovative learning space on the site. The process is well underway, with the College’s architect and project manager preparing plans following consultation with key staff. The College has chosen to pursue a type of approval known as a Ministerial Infrastructure Designation (MID). A MID provides an alternative planning approval pathway to the usual development approval. MIDs are assessed by the State Government and ultimately approved by the planning minister. As is usually the case, our MID application seeks approval for a development ‘envelope’ that covers all College property, including Main Campus, Westcourt, Waterford Place and the new building location. It is similar to a Masterplan and remains in place over the College permanently once a stage of development has been undertaken. Once the MID is approved and in place, no further planning approvals are required for the works captured by the MID. In the coming days, the College website will display information about the MID, and I encourage members of the Terrace Family to peruse this.

With the last of our formal Parent/Teacher Interviews now completed for the year, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the significant number of parents and caregivers who took advantage of the important dialogue that these meetings provide. I trust that the interviews provided the opportunity to discuss what has gone well this year and strategies for improvement. Education is an important topic, and matters relating to our children can draw out our emotions. I am delighted by the genuine spirit of cooperation and support shown to our teachers in these meetings. I believe this reflects the trust parents and caregivers have that their children’s education is in good hands.

I would also like to thank our dedicated staff for their professionalism and dedication in providing feedback and advice that I hope will make a difference as we move into the second half of the year. As always, uptake from families was very strong, and several teachers had every available interview time booked across the four separate dates. While formal interviews have concluded, parents and caregivers are encouraged to reach out to class teachers if there are questions or concerns about their son’s progress in a particular subject.

Despite early concerns with COVID, we are confident that Friday evening’s House Choir will proceed at Pat Rafter Arena. Our Compliance team has worked with the venue and sought advice from authorities to develop a plan that will keep those in attendance safe. I respectfully ask that all who attend ensure they follow directions for the evening, including checking in via the QR Code, use of masks and sanitiser and social distancing as required. House Choir is our greatest community event, and I look forward to another outstanding evening of participation, fun and House spirit.

Finally, this week, I would like to acknowledge a well-known member of the Terrace Family, Mrs Denise Schellbach who was awarded an OAM in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Denise is a former parent of the College who is exceptionally generous with devoting her time and energy to Eddie’s Van over the Christmas breaks. Congratulations to Denise on this well-deserved recognition.

My very best wishes to all as we close out Week 2.

Dean of Identity | Mr Terry Thompson

It always seems impossible until it's done.

As I write the Terrace News article this week, I am reminded of this quote. Not that I think this article is impossible to write, but this quote is on the wall above the computer in my office. It is a quote from Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela was the former president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He is widely regarded as a leader of social justice and a staunch advocate for democracy. He opposed the racist system of apartheid in South Africa and dedicated his life to establishing social equality for all. For his extensive work on social reform, Mandela received over 250 honours and was awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 (NDTV, 2021).

Last Sunday, we celebrated International Mandela Day. This was a timely reminder to celebrate and be challenged by the legacy Mandela has left for everyone. If we do not challenge inequality and racism, we cannot bring about change. Everyone plays a part. It is about standing up for injustices and making a difference.

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead. (Nelson Mandela)

Inspired by Jesus, Edmund Rice left an everlasting legacy just as Mandela did. Edmund’s vision for a Catholic education for young people at the margins would have certainly seemed impossible all those years ago until it was achieved. We are so privileged to be living the legacy that Edmund left for us every day in our College community. We are reminded daily through our four Touchstones - Liberating Education, Gospel Spirituality, Inclusive Community and Justice and Solidarity.

Lord, we give thanks for the life of Nelson Mandela. He led a nation on a long walk to freedom. He fought for reconciliation and not retribution. He argued for peace in place of war. When others surrendered to darkness, he kept faith with the promise of tomorrow. He envisioned a path to heal the wounds of the past...with the intent of constructing a new order based on justice for all. His work inspired the world. Amen
Live Jesus in our Hearts…Forever
St Joseph…Pray for us.

Catholic Education Week - Week 3

  • Monday: Year 8 Kearney Camp and Retreat (all week)
  • Tuesday: Catholic Education Week and College Board Mass led by Year 7 Magee, Mahoney and Reidy (7.45am)

Dean of Students | Mr Damien Cuddihy


Ubuntu is an African concept that recognises the universal bond that connects all humanity. At Terrace, we use the phrase I am because we are. This refers to the idea that my life cannot be complete unless it is lived in harmony with and respectful recognition of those around me. In different communities, Ubuntu takes many forms, but it is founded in the same philosophy and the Gospel value of the dignity of the human being. Our response to student issues often involves what is known as Restorative Practice, meaning that we want students to learn from their mistakes while attempting to make right any wrongdoing. Unfortunately, teenage boys do not always make the right decisions, and a team effort from home and school helps teach important life lessons. We can learn a lot from other cultures, hence the value of embracing diversity.

I have enjoyed watching each House rehearsing for House Choir over the first two weeks of the term. There is an excellent variety of entertainment on offer this Friday night at the annual House Choir competition. I remind all students to ensure they participate fully on the night, and I encourage immediate family members to come along and enjoy the spectacle. Don’t forget this is a ticketed event. The link can be found on the College App. The boys must be present at the arena 30 minutes before the House performance time for the final rehearsal.

It was very pleasing to see the number of supporters at both the 1st V and 1st XV games on Saturday. I was particularly pleased that the majority of students were wearing their academic uniform when spectating. Unfortunately, we were let down by a minority who chose not to bring their blazers to the match. The other uniform issue observed at the Rugby on the weekend was the desire of some boys to wear club rugby caps or junior representative jumpers. When playing for Terrace, the boys need to wear their Terrace gear. All students need to demonstrate pride in the College by the way they behave, contribute, and present themselves. I would love to see a perfect record in this regard every week.

Finally, please discuss a safe travel home plan with your son if the College needs to close at short notice due to COVID-19 issues. Many of you would have been through this last year at Terrace. A reminder that if Queensland Health advises the College that we need to close immediately due to infection, the boys are not permitted to catch public transport home. The College will supervise students until parents/caregivers can arrange for the safe travel home of their sons. A reminder that the current health directive is that students over the age of 12 are required to wear a mask on public transport.

Dean of Studies | Mr Mason Hellyer

With the recommencement of the term, the challenge for students is to start well with strong, consistent study habits. A common observation at Terrace is that our students do well in the classroom when they are involved in all that the College has to offer. However, this requires organisation, application and perseverance. Consequently, it is imperative to be prepared and set academic goals for the term. To prevent poor performance at assessment time, students will need to:

  • Prepare their study timetable;
  • Plan how to use their study time effectively;
  • Plan how they will work toward their assignment due dates;
  • Set their academic goals for the term; and
  • Prepare to work hard.

The College is here to work with each student on their academic journey, but ultimately it is up to each student to take responsibility for their learning. There are several initiatives that students can access to assist with their study:

  • Assessment calendars have been distributed to students to assist with their planning;
  • This week, academic mentoring occurred in Pastoral Care group, with students reviewing their Semester 1 results and setting new academic targets for the term ahead;
  • Staff tutoring is offered to students by our generous staff. The staff tutoring list can be found on the College App; and
  • Study Group is available to Years 11 and 12 students only every afternoon from 3.15-5.15pm – in rooms 422 and 423.

The first two subject selection information evenings were conducted this week, with the Year 9 2022 subject selection and Year 11 Extension subject selection evenings occurring online via Teams. Thank you to students and parents/caregivers who attended each evening and the Subject Coordinators for their presentations. A reminder that selections for Year 8 students are Friday 13 July (Monday 26 July for 8 Buckley). Year 11 students Extension subject applications forms are due by Friday 20 July.

On Monday 26 July, the Year 10 for Year 11 2022 Subject Selection evening will occur. This evening is an important aspect of the subject selection process. These evenings supplement the subject selection book that has been distributed to students and provides the opportunity to gather further information and ask questions of Subject Coordinators. Both evenings will be held online via Microsoft Teams. Information has been forwarded to Year 10 Parents and Caregivers and is also available on the College App.

Dean of Waterford | Mr Luke Gribble

Welcome back to Term 3! In Week 1 at Waterford, we highlighted the short duration of the term due to the Immersion program with six weeks of teaching and learning rolling into exams in Week 7. Weeks 8-10 we are, fingers crossed, off on our Immersion experiences. The boys will need to be very organised with their weekly homework and study programs and start assignments early.

We have also begun the conversations about senior subject selection. The Year 10 for Year 11 2022 Subject Selection Information Evening will be held on Monday 26 July, commencing at 6pm. The event is to be accessed on the student's devices and viewed through the "Year 10 subject selection 2022" Team. It is recommended that all students and their Parents and Caregivers attend this online event. Information in respect to this evening has been emailed to all parents and is accessible via the Terrace App.

On Monday 19 July, Year 10 Students received their 2021 Subject Selection Booklets (including Subject Selection Interview information on the front) and their QTAC Booklets. We ask that parents, caregivers and students familiarise themselves with each booklet’s content before the upcoming Subject Selection information night and before making any subject choices for Years 11 and 12.

The Subject Selection Interviews will be held from 30 July to 6 August with Heads of Faculty, Dean of Studies and myself. Please note that parent attendance is optional, and a change of interview time will not be possible to accommodate parent schedules.

All Year 10 Students must attend their Subject Selection interviews and be punctual. If your son will be away on the day or is ill on the morning of the interview, please email Ms Mandy Awabdy. Another interview time will be scheduled. The purpose of these interviews is to discuss with each student their Subject Selection choices for Years 11 and 12 and ensure that they have made informed decisions.

Earlier this year, the Year 10 cohort sat for the Allwell Benchmark Testing. The results from the testing provide us with feedback for individual students and important data on the entire cohort. The individual results will be sent home with students this week in time for the Subject Selection information evening and interviews.

Please ensure that your son brings their Allwell Test results to their interview along with their Set Plan, Subject Selection Booklet and QTAC Booklet.

As Immersions approach, teachers will provide updates and more detailed information to parents and caregivers. As you can understand, planning for Immersion in 2021 is a fluid process significantly impacted by COVID restrictions and requirements. We will do our best to communicate the most up to date information as it comes to hand from our providers.

Our two largest Immersions, Red Earth and Meraki will have an information evening on 5 August, at 6pm. As our Red Earth providers are based in Sydney and are currently impacted by the lockdown in New South Wales, the Red Earth Information Evening has moved to an online format via Zoom. Details on how to access the Zoom event will be emailed to all parents.

Our Meraki Information Evening will also be held on Thursday 5 August, in person at Waterford Place. Mr Toby Gowland, our Outdoor Education and Meraki Immersion leader, will discuss all the details of the Meraki Immersion. The evening will commence at 6pm.

Terrace Library

Director of Culture | Mr Matt Cocking

QDU Debating

The first round of the QDU finals occurred last night. At the time of publication, the results are not available. We are confident that the ten teams in the finals were well represented and look forward to seeing the results.

Round 2 is next week – with Terrace hosting the Year 9s.

Norman Clarke Concert

Congratulations on the resounding success of the Norman Clarke concert last Sunday at the Hanrahan Theatre. The 500 seat theatre was filled to capacity and there was a waitlist! On behalf of the 298 students who performed, thank you for the support.

House Choir

The House Choir competition will be held at the Pat Rafter Arena on 23 July. This is a fantastic College event not to be missed. To ensure everything runs smoothly, we require volunteers who can help behind the scenes. If you are able to assist, please click the link here. One of our Terrace Performing Arts members will be in touch with you to explain your role. Thank you to those parents who have already put up their hands.

To help you decide when you will volunteer your time, please see the House order list below. The first House performs at 6.40pm and then every ten minutes after.

House order

The House order for this year’s event is as follows:

  1. Magee
  2. Buckley
  3. Kearney
  4. Treacy
  5. Mahoney
  6. Barrett
  7. Reidy
  8. Xavier
  9. Windsor

Further information regarding our COVID safe execution of this event has been emailed to families. Further information and links in regards to reserving your ticket will be available on Thursday afternoon.

GPS Junior Music Concert

Please find the link here for the GPS Junior Music Concert.

Please note that the tickets are not held by the College - they are open for all schools in the GPS! Don't miss out on your tickets!

Support Group meetings

Support Group meetings will be held online if necessary. Should you wish to contact the Debating Support Group, please email:

Staying in touch

To keep in touch with all things Cultural, download the Terrace App and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to ensure you don’t miss anything. If you have any photographs or videos that you want to share, please tag us.


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Director of Music | Mr Derek Rose

Quote of the week

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. ― Albert Einstein

Norman Clarke Concert

Last Sunday was the rescheduled Norman Clarke Concert at Villanova College. By all accounts, the concert was a huge success! Performing to a sold out auditorium, 297 students ranging from Years 5 to 12 staged a fabulous and entertaining concert. All Premier Ensembles performed as part of the concert coupled with our Year 5 Concert Band and String Ensemble. As a music educator, there is nothing more satisfying than inspiring students to perform.

Thank you to the Terrace Performing Arts committee and the parent/caregiver volunteers who provided refreshments on the day. I sincerely thank the Music staff for their selfless support and dedication to the Music program here at Terrace. Without their tireless efforts, Sunday’s concert would not have been such a success. I also thank Mr Matt Cocking our Director of Culture, for his ongoing leadership, support and vision for the performing arts at the College.

Music Practice Hall

What an excellent opportunity for your son to benefit from assistance as he practices his instrument. There is enormous opportunity and benefits from your son participating in Music Practice Hall. With a range of trained professionals to assist your son, I encourage parents to support participation in this initiative each Monday 3.15-5pm in the Music Centre.

Term 3

  • Friday 23 July - House Choir
  • Saturday 24 July - Sousa Army Basketball Performance
  • Tuesday 3 August - Junior GPS Music Day of Excellence
  • Saturday 7 August - Red Thunder Drumline Rugby Performance
  • Sunday 15 August - Terrace Choir Past Mother’s Mass
  • Saturday 28 August - Sousa Army Basketball Performance
  • Saturday 28 August - Red Thunder Drumline and Terrace Rock Band Rugby Performance
  • Saturday 11 September - Sousa Army Basketball Performance
  • Saturday 11 September - Red Thunder Drumline Rugby Performance
  • Tuesday 14 September - TPA Meeting - 5.30pm

The Weekly Wrap


After a successful 2020 season, Terrace Basketball returns with record breaking participation in the sport. The popularity and prominence of Basketball at the College has grown drastically. From a single team in 1982, to being the largest program in the GPS nearly 40 seasons later with 52 teams and 532 players.

Saturday was a strongly contested day against Ipswich Grammar School (IGS), as well as over 20 games held in the supplementary draw against Anglican Church Grammar School, Brisbane Boys College and Brisbane Grammar School.

In a great start to the season, the College recorded 26 wins from 30 games against IGS. The 1st V claimed victory with a gritty and composed seven point triumph. It was a special day for twin brothers Hunter (#302) and Phoenix Trego (#303), who made their debut for the Terrace 1stV. Proudly presenting their playing number was 10A Coach and Old Boy Duncan Corness (GT 1994). The 5A, 5B, and 5C teams did the College proud in their first outing as Terrace Basketballers with a strong performance in their victories. In the final minutes, a string of three-pointers by Logan Siolo clinched an exciting one point victory for the 9As. The 9Ds also had an impressive victory, including a 22 point second quarter effort.

There were some great wins for the 22 teams that played supplementary fixtures on the weekend. The 8H, 8F, 10G, 10H teams all started the season with a win. The 11F, 11E and 4th V also recorded wins playing an exciting and entertaining brand of Basketball.

Round 1 results can be found here.

This weekend Terrace plays Brisbane State High School, a Basketball program known for its quality across its A-D program. There will also be a host of Supplementary and Internal games in Brisbane to complete Round 2.

Good luck to everyone representing the College this weekend.


This year, teams will carry larger squad numbers to assist with ensuring we offer maximum participation each week. 1st XV and A teams are required to carry only 15 players, with our 2nd XV and B teams and below carrying up to 20 and in some cases more. Coaches are asked to rotate players to ensure boys get equal time. The coaching staff will select a weekly Terrace Team Man during the GPS season. This is in recognition of any player who makes an outstanding contribution to their team both at training and in a game.

Round 2 v BSHS

We host BSHS in nine games at Tennyson this weekend, with all other games being played away. Please note that 11 teams will travel to TGS with the remaining teams playing games at either Brisbane Grammar School, Nudgee College or Anglican Church Grammar School. It is not often that we host a GPS competition home game with very few games at Tennyson, it is simply the luck of the draw.

Captains’ Corner | Vice Captain, Eden Chan

It was only yesterday that I started to realise my journey at Terrace would soon be coming to an end. To be frank, it is a feeling that I still struggle to put into words. On the one hand, I am excited for what the future holds for me and the many famed freedoms of life post-school.

Yet, somewhere deep inside, there exists a lingering bittersweetness, a kind of sadness, one that can only be explained by the many great mates, teachers, and mentors that I will wish farewell at the end of the year.

It is an odd sort of bittersweetness, though, as I rationalise that I can always be in touch with mates and great teachers, and I will probably be involved with the College anyway, so why the sadness? What could explain this sudden feeling? In all honesty, I am still unsure, but I am sure of one thing: the many distinct experiences I have had during my time at Terrace are ones that I will probably never encounter again.

Never again will I cheer on the 1st XI as a student, and, soon enough, I will go to my last English class with Mr O’Shea. And to this end – as you will no doubt have heard from the Terrace greats that have gone before me – what makes Terrace such a special place is not any material possession or property, but rather the innumerable memories and experiences that its past students look upon.

Like many of my brothers in Year 12, this year has thus far been characterised by a fair few lasts. And so, to every Terracian whose journey has only just started, I implore you to treat every moment at Terrace like your last because one day it will be.


Terrace Basketball 2021 Season Launch

Details: Sunday 25 July | From 4pm
Venue: Norman Hotel, Ipswich Rd Wooloongabba
Cost: No cost event. Please RSVP for catering purposes only
RSVP: Please RSVP by 16 July via the below link
For further event information, please contact
Angela Papacostas |

Basketball Launch | Book Here

St Joseph's College Rugby Lunch

Details: Friday 13 August | 12.00pm - 3.30pm
Venue: Exhibition Hall 4, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane
Cost: $2000 per table of 10 | Includes two course meal, platters & 3 hour drinks package
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by Friday 30 July
For further information or event enquiries, please contact
Anthony Kirk |

Rugby Lunch | Book Tables Here

2021 Terrace Past Mothers’ Mass and Gathering

Details: Sunday 15 August | 9.00am - 12.00pm
Venue: Chapel of the Holy Family, St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace
Cost: $25pp (+bf) | Includes morning tea
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by Wednesday 11 August
For further information or event enquiries, please contact
Nicole Hoffman |

Past Mothers' Mass | Book Tickets Here

Terrace Debating 2021 Dinner

Details: Thursday 26 August | 6.30 - 10.30pm
Venue: The Marquee, Victoria Park Golf Complex, Herston
Cost: Adults - $65pp (+bf) Students - $45pp (+bf) | Includes two course dinner
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by 12 August
For further event information, please contact
Nicole Quinn |

Terrace Debating Dinner | Book Here

2021 Terrace Basketball Raffle

Details: Saturday 11 September | Entries close at 9am
Venue: Will be drawn outside the Campbell Centre before the 1st V fixture
Cost: $25 per ticket (+bf)
For further event information, please contact
Angela Papacostas |

Basketball Raffle | Purchase Tickets Here

Year Level Parent Social Functions

Year 7 Parent/Caregiver Mid-Year Function

Details: Saturday 31 July | 6.30 - 10.30pm
Venue: Gusto da Gianni, Portside Wharf, Hamilton
Cost: $48pp (+bf) | Includes canapes & glass of prosecco on arrival.
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by 19 July
For further information or event enquiries, please contact
Monica Katsanevas |

Year 7 Function | Book Here

Year 12 Formal Parent/Caregiver Function

Details: Tuesday 10 August | 7.30 - 10.30pm
Venue: Viet de Lites, Southbank
Cost: $35pp (+bf) | Includes buffet dinner.
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by Thursday 5 August
For further information or event enquiries, please contact
Sharon Loudon |

Year 12 Function | Tickets Here

Year 5 Mothers' Long Lunch

Details: Sunday 15 August | 12.30 - 3.30pm
Venue: Blackbird Bard & Grill, Riverside
Cost: $140pp (+bf) | Includes 3 course lunch & 3 hour beverage package
RSVP: Please RSVP via the below link by 2 August
For further information or event enquiries, please contact
Monica Katsanevas |

Year 5 Mothers' Long Lunch